Ephram Edward Benguiat, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, 1928
October 16, 2020
Remembering Ed Benguiat
We at the Archives are sad to hear that Ed Benguiat passed away yesterday at 92. Born in Brooklyn in 1927, Benguiat left the life of a jazz drummer around 1950 to become a highly regarded typographer, working with the likes of Herb Lubalin and Saul Bass, and a beloved educator who taught at SVA for more than 50 years.
His eponymous font for ITC, ITC Benguiat, first released in 1978, has had a long life, appearing in the 1980s on the covers of Stephen King novels and Choose Your Own Adventure books, in the copyright notice at the beginning of all Paramount Pictures' VHS tapes and in title sequences for Quentin Tarantino's films, the Next Generation series of Star Trek films in the mid-to-late '90s, and the recent Netflix series Stranger Things.
Below are a few pictures of Ed and just a few examples of his work we have in the archive, each of which has a lot of personality, just like the man himself.
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